Did You Know Airlines Once Flew C-130s?

Friday night, I came across this intriguing piece about vanished planes and how some are used for drug runs and then intentionally burned or hidden, never to be seen again. But within that, I learned that there was once a plane called the Lockheed L-100 — a civilian version of the C-130 Hercules. » 10/06/14 7:30pm 10/06/14 7:30pm

Lockheed's Senior Peg: The Forgotten Stealth Bomber

Perhaps because it was built in secret and designed to be invisible, the stealth bomber is unforgettable the moment you see it. What few remember, though, is that the iconic silhouette almost looked like this. Here's the story of how Senior Peg came to be, why we didn't get it, and why we might want it back. » 3/01/14 6:04pm 3/01/14 6:04pm

Skunk Works Is Building a Drone That Carries Cars Instead of Cameras

Lockheed Martin Skunk Works' Transformer TX started out as yet another design for the oft-predicted but never delivered flying car. But it's since turned into an entirely different type of flying machine: an autonomous way for the military to airlift vehicles and cargo to dangerous areas. » 8/19/13 3:30pm 8/19/13 3:30pm

Libya's planes are rotting in Georgia

Eight U.S.-built C-130 Hercules military transports bought by Libya are sitting in a field on the grounds of Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia. Moammar Gaddafi bought the planes but, when politics shifted, the U.S. military grounded them. Now the crazy dictator wants a $70 million refund. » 3/25/11 4:30pm 3/25/11 4:30pm

The Fastest An AMC Marlin Has Ever Looked

Just for fun, here's a 1965 AMC Marlin parked in front of a decommissioned Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Interesting fact: the two are roughly the same age — the Blackbird was introduced into service in 1966. [AMCRC] » 8/04/10 1:30pm 8/04/10 1:30pm

How To Recycle An Airplane

A recycled jetliner produces tons of metal and millions of dollars in parts, but a mistake could cost hundreds of lives. Here's how the company that salvaged the plane from Lost does its destructive business. » 6/22/10 1:30pm 6/22/10 1:30pm

SR-71 Parking: Like Car Parking, But More Awesome

Because if you had eleven SR-71 Blackbirds, you'd arrange 'em all pretty and take a nice picture, too. And then you'd go hauling off into the sky like a supersonic, globetrotting bat out of hell. Technology rocks. [Lockheed Martin/Flickr] » 6/04/10 4:30pm 6/04/10 4:30pm

The 140-Mph Chase Cars Of The U.S. Air Force

Fifty years ago, the United States Air Force discovered its top-secret Lockheed U-2 spy plane was nightmarishly tricky to fly. To keep aircraft from crashing, they began using high-speed chase/guide cars during take-offs and landings. Government-issue Camaro Z/28, anyone? » 5/13/10 12:00pm 5/13/10 12:00pm

My, What Pretty, Razor-Thin Wings You Have

Fifty years ago this month, Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the USSR in his Lockheed U-2. The legendary spy plane outlived its successor and is still flying today. To paraphrase Iceman, "We like you because you're dangerous." Amen. » 5/11/10 5:15pm 5/11/10 5:15pm

How To Fly An SR-71 Blackbird

We've read what it feels like to fly the SR-71 Blackbird. Now learn how to do it yourself. Here's the Air Force's official, and recently declassified, operations manual for the gorgeous, evil-looking spy plane. Who wants to go 2112 mph? » 5/06/10 3:00pm 5/06/10 3:00pm

Flight Delay: Lockheed Constellation Edition

Pea soup fog at both Burbank and San Francisco airports has provided a few moments to reflect on this ten foot long TWA Lockheed Constellation model suspended above our seat. The plane was designed by Kelly Johnson and served not only as one of the first pressurized commercial airliners, but also under President… » 11/06/07 1:15pm 11/06/07 1:15pm